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Careers in History (Ep 2) - Digital Histories, Archives and Media

What does a “history professional” actually do? 

For many students and early career professionals interested in history, finding employment opportunities beyond their tertiary studies can be both challenging and daunting.

Join the History Council of NSW and the Professional Historians Association of NSW/ACT for an informal session featuring a diverse range of guest speakers working in the history sector.

2 November 2021 at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Heritage, Museums and Archaeology

Hear ‘lightning talks’ from digital historians, media historians, curators and other history professionals as they share their experiences and tips on how to kick-start a career in the history world.

After each lightning talk, there will be an opportunity for a Q&A. 

Join HCNSW Councillor and Session Chair Dr Matthew Allen as he hosts a session with creative, history and heritage professionals.

Dr Allen asks the question: what was the magic that got you into history, what’s been your journey to date, and where do you imagine it will take you?

Image Credit: Tape recorder confessions; copies, September 1963: photographs by R. Donaldson. Courtesy of The State Library of New South Wales.

Our Speakers

Session Chair – Dr Matthew Allen

Dr Matthew Allen is a Senior Lecturer in Historical Criminology at the University of New England. His diverse research is focused on understanding the unique and extraordinary transition of New South Wales from penal colony to responsible democracy, and the way that this process was shaped by the conflict between liberal ideals and authoritarian controls within the British world.

His work on the history of alcohol, policing, summary justice and surveillance has been published in Australian Historical Studies, History Australia, the Journal of Religious History, and the ANZ Journal of Criminology and he is currently writing a monograph for McGill-Queens University Press, entitled Drink and Democracy: Alcohol, Politics and Government in Colonial Australia, 1788-1856.

He is the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Australian Colonial History, a Councillor for the History Council of New South Wales and has served as a judge of the New South Wales Premiers History Awards from 2019-2021.

Dr Tim Sherratt

Tim Sherratt is a historian and hacker who researches the possibilities and politics of digital cultural collections.

Tim has worked across the cultural heritage sector and has been developing online resources relating to libraries, archives, museums and history since 1993.

You can find him at or @wragge on Twitter.


Dr Fay Anderson

Fay Anderson is a media historian and the Head of Journalism in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University.

She has edited and written four books, including Witnesses to War: The History of Australian Conflict Reporting with Richard Trembath (MUP, 2011) and Shooting the Picture: Press Photography in Australia, co-authored with Sally Young (MUP, 2016).

Fay’s new book, The Holocaust and Australian Journalism: What They Knew will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2022, and her latest ARC-funded project is ‘Envisaging Citizenship: Australian Histories and Global Connections’.

Dr Penny Stannard

Penny Stannard is the Head of Curatorial at Sydney Living Museums and NSW State Archives, leading a large team of specialist curators to research, interpret and publish new knowledge and stories about the diverse collections that are held by the two cultural institutions.

Penny has been described as a ‘non-traditional’ curator who connects diverse stakeholders through research, ideas and creativity to deliver strategic outcomes that build capabilities and enable change.

Penny has substantial non-executive director experience of publicly funded arts companies and has served on NSW and Australian government arts funding and advisory committees.


Dr Matthew Allen

Dr Fay Anderson

Dr Penny Stannard

Photo © Joshua Morris for Sydney Living Museums

Dr Tim Sherratt